Clouds have golden lining for Bloom bid
A GOLD award is the Stroud in Bloom volunteers' reward for a lot of hard work in a rain-sodden summer.
Five years after they last won gold, the Stroud in Bloom chairman Malcolm Tarling said he was "very pleased" for his team of helpers.
"At the awards ceremony held at All Saints Church, Kings Heath, Birmingham ... I am pleased to say that Stroud received a gold award," Mr Tarling said.
All the effort had been worth it, even "weeding in the rain", he said.
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"It failed to rain on only 14 days between the end of March and judging on July 10", said Mr Tarling.
Judges from the Heart of England in Bloom 2012 said Stratford Park was the jewel in Stroud's crown.
"With all its attractions and events it really is worth a visit," judges Mark Wiltshire and Roger Bache said.
"The unique adopt a plot scheme by Anne Creed. goes from strength to strength, especially in Nelson Street.
"Hard work by all the Bloom team really has shown over the last few years and Stroud's residents should be proud of that work," they said.
Mr Wiltshire and Mr Bache said: "It's not only what is immediately visible but, rather like an iceberg, the vast amount of unseen effort which goes on unseen."
Stroud had even pre-empted the Royal Horticultural Society theme for 2013 of edible gardens.
"Where Stroud leads the RHS follows," the judges said.
Stroud in Bloom now looks forward to their presentation event and annual general meeting on October 23, at 7.30pm, in the St Alban's Church Wesley Room.